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Old 01-06-2009, 03:04 PM   #1
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Default Daniels 'Ecstatic' to be in New Orleans

Now in his 12th NBA season, Antonio Daniels thought he’d seen just about everything in pro basketball. In 1999, he won a championship ring, as a San Antonio Spurs reserve. Over the dozen years since he was chosen by the then-Vancouver Grizzlies as a lottery pick, he’s played in over 800 career regular season games, along with 75 playoff contests. He’s also been a member of six different NBA teams.

There was one thing Daniels had never been a part of, however – at least until Dec. 10: an in-season trade. Sure, the 33-year-old point guard had been traded twice before, but both of those transactions were made during the relative calm of the summer. This time, when the Hornets completed a deal with the Washington Wizards to land Daniels, it marked the first time the Ohio native was forced to make an on-the-fly adjustment to new teammates, new coaches and a new city.

Despite the temporary upheaval caused by moving from our nation’s capital to the Big Easy, Daniels was thrilled when he heard about the trade. After the Wizards’ dreadful start to this season, joining the Hornets meant an immediate jump in the standings and a chance to compete for an NBA championship.

“I’ve been in this league for awhile, so you understand that this is a business,” Daniels says of being traded. “But when I heard I was coming to New Orleans, I was ecstatic, because of how good this team is. This is an ideal situation for me at this point in my career, because you always want to go somewhere where a team has an opportunity to be a contender.
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Old 01-07-2009, 03:43 AM   #2
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Good for him. He's always seemed like a class act.
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